Full Results Click HERE
HOUSTON -- The Houston Swimming and Diving Team continued to dazzle on day two of the Phill Hansel Invitational with 10 NCAA B-Cut finishes, and three program records. Houston posted 1,160.50 points, finishing out day two in first-place and 297.50 points ahead of second-place finisher Rice.
"It was another great session and I am proud of how we came out and performed tonight," said Head Swimming and Diving Coach Ryan Wochomurka. "Some people that may not have had great performances this morning, shined tonight and are really performing at a high level. Zarena and Ksenia posted the fifth and sixth best times in the country in the 200 Freestyle. That's a paradigm shifting performance for not only those two individually, but for us as a program. Those are two performances well inside the qualifying time for the NCAA Championships last year and have national implications for a program that is striving for national relevancy. We have a school record on that last relay and we'll take that. I'm proud of the effort tonight and excited to race again tomorrow morning."
Eleanna Koutsouveli started things off for Houston, picking up her third NCAA B-Cut finish with a time of 4:19.20 in the 400 IM. Gaby Peon Jimenez finished the race in 4:22.47 for sixth-place in the event. Five other cougars also qualified for finals. Koutsouveli's success carried over to finals where she posted a fifth-place overall finish in the event with a NCAA B-Cut time of 4:19.26.
Katie Higgins dropped one second off of her previous personal-best in the 100 Butterfly, finishing in 54.62 for a third-place finish in the event. Victoria Tillman touched the wall in 55.05 for fifth-place, followed by Rebecca Cox in sixth-place with a time of 55.36. Higgins day would continue to get better as the freshman once again shaved off time in the 100 Fly, shattering her previous personal record in the event and earning her first NCAA B-Cut time. Higgins touched the wall in 54.27 to finish third overall, posting the third-best time in program history.
Zarena Brown and Ksenia Yuskova tacked on another NCAA B-Cut to their resumes after finishing first and second in the 200 Freestyle. Brown finished the race in 1:46.38 for a new personal-best. Yuskova finished less than a second later for second-place with a time of 1:46.50. The duo was far from over and would advance to the finals where they'd each post another pair of NCAA B-Cut times and smash the previous program record in the event by a second. Yuskova would touch the wall in 1:44.88 posting the fifth-best time in the country and setting the program record in the event as well as a new personal record. Brown finished the race a millisecond later at 1:44.89, for the sixth-best time in the country and shaving two seconds off of her previous time.
Peyton Kondis came within milliseconds of a new program record in the 100 Breastroke for her second B-Cut time of the weekend. The sophomore finished in 1:00.88. Angeliki Mavrantza and Ashley Grijalva came in fourth and eighth-place respectively to round out the top-eight. Kondis would again earn a B-Cut time in the finals, finishing in 1:00.66 and in second-place. Mavrantza turned in a personal-best time of 1:01.38, knocking off a second from her previous best to earn her first B-Cut and finish third.
Laderoute would again dazzle in the 100 Backstroke, posting the second-best time in program history in the event and finishing first at 53.95 for another B-Cut.
Houston came out strong in the first relay of the evening session, coming within a second of a program record in the 200 Medley Relay. Laderoute, Kondis, Higgins, and Cait Horner combined for a first-place finishing time of 1:40.08.
As the day winded down Houston would take to the pool one final time for the 800 Freestyle Relay. Samantha Medlin, Brown, Yuskova, and Mykenzie Leehy posted a program-best 7:13.08 in the event to end the day on a high note for Houston.
In the diving events two Cougars would advance to the finals in the 3-Meter. Micaela Bouter racked up 341.80 points for a first place finish in the prelims, followed by Lauren Burrell in second-place with 315.10 points. Bouter and Burrell would again take first and second in the event in the finals. Bouter scored 342.15 points, followed by 298.00 points from Burrell.
The three-day event is named after former Houston Swimming and Diving Coach Phill Hansel who coached at Houston from 1957-96 and is known as the, "Father of Cougar Swimming and Diving". Hansel guided Houston to over 70 dual meet victories and 10 top-20 finishes at the AIAW and NCAA Championships. In his honor, the University of Houston will host the Phill Hansel Invitational every fall.
For all of the latest meet results download the Meet Mobile App, where times and scores will be posted in real time. To find out more information about the Phill Hansel and all of the participating schools visit the Phill Hansel Invitational Meet Page by clicking HERE.
Houston will return to action tomorrow morning for the final day of the Phill Hansel Invitational. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m., followed by finals at 5 p.m.
FOLLOW THE COUGARS!
Fans can keep up with the latest in University of Houston Cougar athletics by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HoustonAthletics), Twitter (@UHCougars), Instagram (houstoncougars) and YouTube.com (Youtube.com/UHAthletics). In addition, the swimming & diving team has established its own official Facebook (Facebook.com/UHCougarSwim) and Twitter pages (@UHCougarSwim), which provide regular updates on the team and live results during home meets.